Cookie Policy

Cookie Policy

Last Updated: 2023-11-27 uses cookies, in combination with pixels, local storage objects, and similar devices (collectively, “cookies” unless otherwise noted) to distinguish you from other users of Classical Guitar Shed. This helps us provide you with a good experience, improve our service, and to personalize ads and content to you while you use the CGS Platform.

This cookie policy (“Cookie Policy”) describes the types of cookies we use on the CGS Platform and our purposes for using them.

If you have questions about this Cookie Policy, please contact us at For a more complete description and list of the cookies that we currently use on the CGS, please review our Cookie List. For more information about our privacy practices, please review our privacy policy:

Your Consent

You consent to the placement of cookies on your browser by us and our third-party service providers. Please read this Cookie Policy carefully for details about why we use cookies and the information they collect from and about you.

Withdraw Your Consent at Any Time

If you do not wish to accept cookies in connection with your use of the Classical Guitar Shed, you will need to delete, and block or disable cookies via your browser settings; see below for more information on how to do this. Please note that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of Classical Guitar Shed, and may prevent you from being able to access certain features on Classical Guitar Shed.

What Is a Cookie?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your device. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon as you visit Classical Guitar Shed.

Key Concepts

First and third-party cookies: whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the domain placing the cookie.

  • First-party cookies are those set by a website that is being visited by the user at the time (e.g., cookies placed by
  • Third-party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than that of the website being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and another entity sets a cookie through that website, this would be a third-party cookie.

Persistent cookies: these cookies remain on a user’s device for the period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.

Session cookies: these cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Session cookies are created temporarily. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.

How to Delete and Block our Cookies

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies), you may not be able to access all or parts of Classical Guitar Shed. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon as you visit Classical Guitar Shed.

Changing your Cookie Settings. The browser settings for changing your cookies settings are usually found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your internet browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful. Otherwise you should use the ‘Help’ option in your internet browser for more details.

More information. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit

What Cookies Do We Use and Why?

Generally, we use cookies to distinguish you from other users of the Classical Guitar Shed. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse the site and also allows us to improve it.

The cookies we may use on Classical Guitar Shed may be categorized as follows:

  • Strictly necessary
  • Performance
  • Functionality
  • Targeting

Some cookies may fulfill more than one of these purposes.

‘Strictly Necessary’ cookies let you move around Classical Guitar Shed and use essential features like secure areas. Without these cookies, we cannot provide the requested services.

We use these Strictly Necessary cookies to:

  • Identify you as being logged in to Classical Guitar Shed and to authenticate you
  • Make sure you connect to the right service on Classical Guitar Shed when we make any changes to the way it works
  • For security purposes

Accepting these cookies is a condition of using Classical Guitar Shed, so if you prevent these cookies we can’t guarantee how Classical Guitar Shed or the security on Classical Guitar Shed will perform during your visit.

‘Performance’ cookies collect information about how you use Classical Guitar Shed e.g. which pages you visit, and if you experience any errors. These cookies do not collect any information that could identify you and are only used to help us improve how Classical Guitar Shed works, understand the interests of our users, and measure the effectiveness of our advertising.

We use performance cookies to:

  • Carry out web analytics: Provide statistics on how Classical Guitar Shed is used
  • Perform affiliate tracking: Provide feedback to affiliated entities that one of our visitors also visited their site
  • Obtain data on the number of users of Classical Guitar Shed that have viewed a product or service
  • Help us improve Classical Guitar Shed by measuring any errors that occur
  • Test different designs for Classical Guitar Shed

Some of our performance cookies are managed for us by third parties.

‘Functionality’ cookies are used to provide services or to remember settings to improve your visit.

We use ‘Functionality’ cookies for such purposes as:

  • Remember the settings you’ve applied such as layout, text size, preferences, and colors
  • Remember if we’ve already asked you if you want to fill in a survey
  • Remember if you have engaged with a particular component or list on Classical Guitar Shed so that it won’t repeat
  • Show you when you’re logged in to Classical Guitar Shed
  • To provide and show embedded video content

Some of these cookies are managed for us by third parties.

Targeting’ cookies are used to track your visit to Classical Guitar Shed, as well as other websites, apps, and online services, including the pages you have visited and the links you have followed, which allows Classical Guitar Shed to display targeted ads to you on Classical Guitar Shed.

We may use targeting cookies to:

  • Display targeted ads within Classical Guitar Shed.
  • To improve how we deliver personalized ads and content, and to measure the success of ad campaigns on Classical Guitar Shed .

Additional Information About Advertising and Analytics

Classical Guitar Shed Opt-Out Options

To opt out of receiving personalized ads on Classical Guitar Shed: go to and select “I need help with my account,” to tell us that you no longer wish to receive personalized ads from us on the Platform. Please include a link to your profile in your request to opt out of personalized ads. Classical Guitar Shed may still show you contextualized ads relevant to the content you’re viewing.

Third-Party Analytics and Advertising


Facebook Connect. For more information about what Facebook collects when you use Facebook buttons on Classical Guitar Shed, please see:….

Facebook Ads. For more information about what Facebook collects and your choices around Facebook Ads, please see:….


Google Analytics: For more information about Google Analytics cookies, please see Google’s help pages and privacy policy:

Google’s Privacy Policy

Google Analytics Help pages

Google has developed the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on; if you want to opt out of Google Analytics, you can download and install the add-on for your web browser here.

Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google uses cookies to help us analyze how users use Classical Guitar Shed. The information generated by the cookie about your use of Classical Guitar Shed (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. In case of activation of the IP anonymization, Google will truncate/anonymize the last octet of the IP address for Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by Google servers in the USA. On behalf of Classical Guitar Shed, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of Classical Guitar Shed, compiling reports on your activity for us and third parties who help operate and provide services related to Classical Guitar Shed. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of these cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser as discussed in this notice. However, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of Classical Guitar Shed. Furthermore you can prevent Google’s collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under….

Further information concerning the terms and conditions of use and data privacy can be found at… or at….

Please note that on Classical Guitar Shed, Google Analytics code is supplemented by “gat._anonymizeIp();” to ensure an anonymized collection of IP addresses (so called IP-masking).


More Information About Targeted Advertising By Third Parties

A guide to behavioral advertising and online privacy that has been produced by the internet advertising industry can be found at

For more information about and to opt out of interest based ads from many ad networks, go to:

More Information About Cookies

International Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom

Information on the ICC (UK) UK cookie guide can be found on the ICC website:….

What cookies do we use on Classical Guitar Shed? (Please Note: we may change the cookies we use at any time. While we will try to update this list within a reasonable time frame, this list may not always be totally up-to-date.)

First party cookies (Prefixed with m-)
Formatted as cookie name (technical name): purpose

  • Browser Id (b): Used to authenticate your identity to Classical Guitar Shed
  • Session Id (s): Used to authenticate your identity to Classical Guitar Shed
  • Login Access Token (lat): Used to authenticate your identity to Classical Guitar Shed
  • Time Zone (tz): Allows Classical Guitar Shed to display times in the correct time zone
  • CSS Version (css_v): The last version of our CSS the browser has cached. Used for speed optimizations.
  • JS Version (early_v): The last version of our JavaScript the browser has cached. Used for speed optimizations.
  • Webfonts Loaded (wf-loaded, js-wf-loaded): Which of our fonts the browser has loaded. Used for speed optimizations.
  • Cookie Messages (qm-<number>): Stores activity to improve personalization
  • Login (login): Helps with issue detection
  • OAuth Platform (platform): Keeps track of what page to forward to after authentication
  • OAuth Target (target): Keeps track of what page to forward to after authentication
  • Ad Conversion (conv_<number>): Used to optimize ad delivery
  • Seen Advertisment (sa): Used to optimize ad delivery
  • Login Redirect URL (login_redirect_url): Stores the url of last page visited so that a person can be redirected after logging in.
  • Nux Redirect URL (nux_redirect_url): Stores the url to redirect a person to after setting up an account
  • Page Size (page_size): Keeps track of the selected page size when using manual pagination
  • Search Query (qsu-q): Performance improvements for searching on Classical Guitar Shed
  • Recent Activity (tgvs): Stores activity to improve personalization
  • Requested URL (toRequestPath): Fixes an Android OS issue with http_referer.
  • Reload on Back (reloadOnBack): Forces reload when navigating back in order to show the latest information to a person.
  • Ads Manager Filter Time (ads_filter_time): Stores a person’s preferences in our Ads Manager.
  • Ads Manager Start Date (ads_filter_start_date): Stores a person’s preferences in our Ads Manager.
  • Ads Manager End Date (ads_filter_end_date): Stores a person’s preferences in our Ads Manager.

Third party cookies
Formatted as cookie name (technical name): purpose


Allen Mathews

Hi, I’m Allen Mathews. 

I started as a folk guitarist, then fell in love with classical guitar in my 20’s. Despite a lot of practice and schooling, I still couldn’t get my music to flow well. I struggled with excess tension. My music sounded forced. And my hands and body were often sore. I got frustrated, and couldn’t see the way forward. Then, over the next decade, I studied with two other stellar teachers – one focused on the technical movements, and one on the musical (he was a concert pianist). In time, I came to discover a new set of formulas and movements. These brought new life and vitality to my practice. Now I help guitarists find more comfort and flow in their music, so they play more beautifully.
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